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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Second Sunday after Easter

Easter: April 14th

"I am the Good Shepherd. . .I lay down My life for My sheep. . .but the hireling flees because he is a hireling, and has no concern for the sheep" (Gospel).

Jesus organized the visible Church along the lines of a sheepfold. St. Peter, first shepherd of the visible Church, depicts Jesus as the invisible "Shepherd. . .of your souls." He tenderly remembers all that Jesus suffered for us "Sheep going astray."

On Catacomb walls, early Christians delighted to draw pictures and to wrote explanations of the perfect understanding and love between the Good Shepherd and His sheep, such as that which exists between the "Father" and "Me."

We are not only fed through the visible guidance of His Church, but also through the invisible grace of the Sacraments, especially "in the breaking of bread."

Excerpted from My Sunday Missal, Confraternity of the Precious Blood

Second Sunday after Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday

I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me...
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
(John 10:14-15)

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. Although not from today's Gospel, this quote from the Gospel of John speaks of the wonderful relationship our Lord has with each of us.  He know us, He calls to us, He cares for us, and yes, He laid down His very life for us. 

We on our part need to nurture this relationship with our Lord Jesus.  We need to spend time with Him in prayer and meditation, love Him, receive His gifts in the Sacraments, spend time listening to His word by reading and praying through the Scriptures, praising Him, and serving Him by serving our brothers and sisters.

Let us turn to Jesus, the Good Shepherd today, and ask Him to guide us as we seek to do His will.


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